food share | [ORL] the cowfish sushi burger bar

YOU. Yes, you reading this. Think about a time where you just had to HAVE good food to get rid of the stink of the day you had earlier and although going to sleep and starting a new day would be a good choice, you decide to take your friend who enjoys food just as much as you and eat and drink before the day ends, just so you can salvage the rest of the day. You haven’t had that kind of day? Well, when (because you will have a bad day eventually) you have that bad day, find a friend, get some food and drinks, and laugh the night away!

TL has never been to Universal and will probably won’t be for a while so I suggested we try this place they have called the Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar. One, it’s in Citywalk which doesn’t close until 2 am AND people watching is great here. Two, it has boozy milkshakes. Win. Three, it has burgers AND sushi.. or a combo of both. (Weird, I know but AMAZING as well!) I wanted sushi. And all the sushi joints closed by 10 so this plan had to work!


The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar: 6000 Universal Blvd #700, Orlando, FL 32819

The building but this was taken when it was closed. XD

It was pretty fun entering the “park” when majority of people were leaving. Anyways, here’s the front of the building. On the left side, there is a statue of a “cowfish” but there were people taking photos with it so I opted it out.

A side note: if you don’t want a 90 min wait (which I’ve read in the reviews has been the deterrent).. my suggestion.. eat later. I know that sounds silly but this experience has made me see that waiting 90 min for your meal and the place is crowded, and you have to wait an ADDITIONAL x more minutes to place your order and wait for your food to arrive is.. well, I admire your commitment to wait. XD I believe 90 minutes was how much time we spent there, ordered, wait and finish eating. 😉

Stick In The Mud
Stick In The Mud
Collingwood Canadian whiskey, vanilla ice cream, malt, caramel drizzle, pretzel rod
CLOSE UP!

You can find this under the “spiked shakes” portion of the menu. If you need to mask the flavor, I don’t suggest this as this was heavily lined with the whiskey (Yum!). Otherwise, I endorse this boozy shake!

What was ordered.. *drools*

Man, typically I feel guilty for ordering so much but it was decided that it would be a while until we return to try any other items so we treated ourselves! Get you a friend that understands how much you’re willing to spend on food. (Haha!)

Doug’s Filet Roll
Avocado, kani, cream cheese inside, topped with thin slices of seared filet mignon, spicy mayo, scallions, masago. Served with a side of pounded ginger sauce

Burgushi. I suppose Orlando isn’t “hip” enough to have more of these around.. yet. It is fun to have options like this available, so that I am thankful. Moving on, I mean the filet mignon portion was oooook-ay. I liked it. It’s not my favorite but it was good. I’m glad we got to try it. Because we were hungry, it was inhaled. Next!

The Jalapeño Popper Show-Stopper 
Beef burger, jalapeño-infused cream cheese, jalapeño bacon, fried jalapeños, jalapeño citrus aioli, lettuce, tomato, fresh sliced jalapeños, brioche bun

Haha, I know.. I scolded TL for having his arm in the photo but we both were getting hungry so I DGAF at the moment. This burger was pretty meaty heavy. If you are into jalapenos, meats and burgers, this one is definitely for you. Not pictured is the seaweed salad I convinced TL to get, since I knew I was going to get the heap of fries. They serve a good portion of the seaweed salad but if you don’t like it or never had it, don’t order it. Please don’t waste food!

What’s Shakin’ Tuna Bacon Sandwich 
Seared rare blackened yellowfin tuna, applewood bacon, iceberg, jalapeños, tomato salsa, slaw and spicy mayo, served between grilled spring roll wrapper “buns” filled with kani and sushi rice. Served with house seasoned fries

The winner meal of the night. I’m proud that I ordered this because this is exactly what I had hoped it would come out. Sushi but sandwich style. Win for me. You can see all the layers in the photo above. That yellowfin tuna.. *sighs*
It was a MESSY sandwich but that’s no problem! It is a pretty thick chunk of rice there. AND there’s fries. So I think the carb department was covered. I don’t know what else to try to tell you about this. Order it.. or not! But I will tell you this, if you come here and you like sushi and you don’t try this.. you’re missing out! I will internet shame you!

Stick In The Mud♥♥♥♥
Doug’s Filet Roll: ♥♥
The Jalapeño Popper Show-Stopper What’s Shakin’: ♥♥♥
Tuna Bacon Sandwich : ♥♥♥♥♥

food share | [ORL] ethos vegan kitchen

I remember when vegan food was still a new “concept” in the food world and I remembering it being “hoity-toity” because it was expensive (broke college kid!) and tofu/seitan/chickun was considered a “fancy” meat alternative.

I also grew up eating seitan/gluten. So I wasn’t exactly impressed with the “clean meat” movement. I was raised to pretty much eat what was served to me, so I didn’t question much of “What is this?” or “What is this made out of?” If it tasted good, I’ll most likely eat it.

Now I have more of an appreciation of the food that’s being served. I was exposed to a lot of different types of food and now I enjoy sharing that knowledge with others who are open to trying new food.

I think vegan food is still being resisted despite all the exposure it’s been getting lately. But it’s slowly growing on the population. It’ll get there, I believe.


Ethos Vegan Kitchen – 601 S New York Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789

This is a small pano of the front when you step inside

We had to wait for a little bit so I decided to take a couple photos of the place.

One of the art pieces I found captivating!

I believe that they support local artists so they’ll hang their art around the restaurant.


Gyro

Your choice of marinated, grilled chickun or seitan stuffed into a warm pita and topped with lettuce, red onions, tomatoes and housemade tzatziki sauce.

I ordered the Gyro with seitan and I was very pleased. I personally enjoy seitan because it reminds me of the gluten I grew up eating so it was a nice twist as a substitute for falafels. *happy dance*

Tofurkey Reuben
Deli tofurkey sliced thin, sauerkraut, jack cheese, and thousand island dressing piled on housemade rye bread and grilled until crispy brown.

So I’ll be frank with y’all. I haven’t had a real Reuben.. yet. At least from what I remember, I may have had a bite out of one but not to where I can remember from memory. This is RR’s and this one was a stretch for ’em so I got to eat a good portion of it to say it was a decent sandwich. I honestly enjoyed it. I don’t think I would come back again for this specifically but I’m glad I got to try it.

Bourbon Maple Cake
A cake… haha. Idk what to add here.

If you get to know me, you’ll know that I’m not the biggest cake eater. I’m particularly picky with my dessert yet I am trying to grow out my picky-self. I prefer Asian desserts/cakes compared to American desserts/cakes. So this to me was my first step into eating cake. (Yes, even birthday cakes.. I’m not a big fan. I’ll typically eat a couple bites and call it quits. I’ll probably stick to that part of being picky.) Moving on! The cake was tasteful, and moist which is a big deal for me. I dislike dry cakes. blegh. So it was a nice balance of moist and sweetness. It wasn’t overpowered by anything specifically. Again, I probably won’t order this again but I did enjoy it.

Overall, Ethos is a place I would take people who claim that are Vegan and I’d probably will only go eat with people. Haha. I haven’t had a craving to go back and it’s probably been over 5+ years since I’ve been there.

Gyro: ♥♥♥♥
Tofurkey Reuben:♥♥♥
Bourbon Maple Cake: ♥♥♥

food share | [MIA] padrino’s cuban cuisine

I’m learning that as I continue to blog out my adventures, I’m taking more, and more, and more photos and I’m trying to stay consistent when it comes to the content. Bear with me! As my friend once said “You have to ****/mess up.” Especially when it comes to learning in this day and age. I suppose the hope is to have everything right in the first place but then growth doesn’t take place! So the goal is that you want consistency and growth.


Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine – 2500 E Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

It was a hungry day for us weary travelers (heh). It was cold, and we all we had taken a dip in the Altantic Ocean so we were a bit famished. Like all other travelers, we looked online to see what was the closest yet most rated AND high starred food and *voila.* That can’t be just us. I’m positive a majority of people do this so that’s why I admire people who do take the time to write honest reviews, take photos, and give reputable feedback.

I won’t mince anything. Majority of the photos are really as is. I try my best to not “adjust” anything because it’s only fair to show you as much as I’ve experienced. I don’t have TOO much opinion on decor and “mood” as far as reviews. If the food is good, that’s MAJORITY what I care for. That’s why I’m out.. to eat. Yes, the ambiance is a plus but I want to focus purely on food because that’s what I’m “passionate” about. (Bleh, we will see how it progresses!)

The menu

This is another reason why I appreciate Yelp/Google reviews. I can imagine what is going to be served to me, YET I do appreciate photos. It’s just the enticing and then comes the anticipation..

Guava mojito (not mine!)

Not mine, but I had to comment on the mojito. It’s a guava mojito and I’ve never had one and it was very refreshing. Again, doesn’t it make you curious as to what it taste like? You’re looking at it and it makes you think “man, I want to try that.” I still want to drink some more!

Combination Cubana

*Drools* This lovely platter was just a delight when it came out. I quickly snapped a shot and dove right in. The Picadillo Empanadas, Yucca croquettes, Ham croquettes, and Tamal Cubano were just a great starter for us to get started with the meal. Plus it came out piping hot so even better to get us started with the meal.

Croquetas de Yuca

Croquetas de Yuca. If you’ve eaten yucca, just shut up and order this. It’s great. Just eat the goodness! And if you haven’t eaten yucca, shut up and eat it still.

I ordered the Paella with a side of yucca and maduros. Let’s be honest.. this one (pointing to self) ain’t about the process of making a paella. The shrimps on it were HUGE, so that was a plus! And I ordered a side of (more) yucca and maduros. I found the paella very tasty and the left overs I had was still delish.

TL ordered the special, salmon and shrimp. I was a little perplex with the amount of shrimp that was given. It was slightly more but the size was “meh” but definitely a clean meal if you’re looking at a keto diet.

Arroz Relleno with Blackbean rice and Maduros

I was able to try HB’s Arroz Relleno. I was surprised by how it was presented and I think it was a cute attempt to make it look appetizing. It’s appears to be cheese melted on top of a mound of rice (but there’s more to it, of course!) They even put 2 peas and a slice of red pepper to make eyes and a mouth. We laughed because she ordered the black beans and rice (LOL) but it was tasty as well! She too ordered the maduros as her side along with the black bean rice.

Overall, it was a good place to eat when you’re starving. You get a lot for your buck and the leftovers are quite delicious in the morning.

Combination Cubana: ♥♥♥♥♥
Croquetas de Yuca: ♥♥♥♥♥
Paella: ♥♥♥♥
Salmon and shrimp: ♥♥
Arroz Relleno: ♥♥♥

food share | [ORL] hangry bison

I was talking to friends about how Orlando is coming up with great food places. It’s not quite there with all the other major cities BUT it has gotten much better over the past 5-6 years ever since and it’s been a quick change as well. I am well aware of other social media of bloggers and foodies putting out their stuff so I wanted to be part of content creating!

With time, you’ll see what kind of “foodie” I am. I’ll explain more later. Let’s get into it!

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Hangry Bison – 480 Orlando Ave #130, Winter Park, FL 32789

The space has been changed several times and it hasn’t found an establishment that can stay put so perhaps Hangry Bison is the one that plans to stay. With that said, it’s a great place for drinks as well as food! Tonight I opted out the drinks.

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This little gem here above is called “The Sockeye.” Salmon burger, honey mustard, bibb lettuce, fresh tomatoes, red onions, swiss cheese, balsamic reduction, brioche bun with roasted corn cobb.

If you are curious with what burger is in the background, it is the place is named after, “The Hangry Bison.” I didn’t try it so I won’t post or have an opinion on it so unfortunately, I can’t tell you anything about it. I think I will purely write on things I have tried.

My “rule” for ordering (when eating out) are typically things that I can’t make myself at home, or things I don’t typically like to prepare at home due to perhaps how complicated the prep is, or I’ll order it because they made something I’ve never seen made before and I’m genuinely curious. 

Back to MY choice, the Sockeye was delicious! It was light and it wasn’t seasoned heavily so you can really taste the flavor of the salmon. If you’re trying to not eat something heavy, this is definitely the one to choose out of all of them. I suppose the bun was appropriate for the burger. [ I majority feel like there is more bun versus meat or things in-between in burgers but that’s a personal opinion. Heh.] There was also a honey mustard sauce added on the side. I kind of just poured drops on my burger with each bite (otherwise it gets pretty messy!) I like that the ingredients were simple yet all tasted great and fresh altogether. Also the corn on the cobb was pretty bomb. [ Yes, I am a corn fan. ]

The Sockeye: ♥♥♥♥